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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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Science Lessons for Kids

Science Lessons

Wacky Plants, Magical Magnets, and More
Science4Us provides these interactive early elementary science activities for free on their site!

Fire Prevention Unit Study
AN A to Z PAGE
Fire Prevention Week provides lots of opportunity to discuss fire safety.

Janice VanCleave Wants to Exchange Ideas
AN A to Z ARTICLE
I just need help in making my science ideas more useful in a homeschool setting. I am listing some of the ways that you can help me.

Let’s Play and Find Out About Slime
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Slime is easy for kids to make and ever so fun for kids to to play with. By Janice VanCleave

Adding Fish to Your World
I am astonished how much fish biology, chemistry, and physics I remember from having a childhood fish tank. by Roberta Gibson, HELM.

Building an Education by Taking Things Apart
What is to be done with a one-child demolition crew bent on dismantling everything in sight? Encourage him!

Curricular Companions
Detailed resources-complete with background content, kit enrichment, interdisciplinary connections, assessment strategies, standards, and more-tailored to the larger science theme encompassing the kit you are teaching.

Dry Ice Science Fun
Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Instead of melting, dry ice turns directly into carbon dioxide gas but does not melt like real ice. Here are some interesting and fun experiments you can try with your dry ice.

Exploring Planets in the Classroom
Includes lots of hands-on demos and experiments for earth science projects.

Family ASTRO
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is developing a series of hands-on astronomy kits for families on such topics as Exploring the Night Sky and Race to the Planets. Available currently in the San Francisco area only.

Forest Resource Environmental Education
A complete list of free or reasonably priced resources for instructors looking for K-12 material about forests and the roles they play in the ecosystem. Sortable by grade level or topic area.

Helping Your Child Learn Science
Children develop their own ideas about the physical world, ideas that reflect their special perspectives. Children’s experiences help them form their ideas, and these often don’t match current scientific interpretations. We need to allow our children to ask questions and make mistakes without feeling “stupid.”

HomeSchool 2.0
Brings you links to the best computer software, hands-on projects, literature (fiction & non-fiction) and web-resources, with a strong emphasis on learning by *doing*.

Homeschooling Resources to teach evolution
The Associated Press recently reported “Top Homeschool Texts dismiss Darwin, evolution” and while I disagree with much of the article, as a homeschooler who chooses to teach my children about evolution, the headline is certainly true, and I and my friends have struggled to find homeschool-friendly science curricula that teach evolution, and don’t take a creation science perspective.

Inquiry Learning
Stories about students becoming questioners, investigators and communicators. Many of these students look closely at the world around them and raise significant questions that can extend their learning remarkably.

Iridescent
The lessons are all a bit crazy (as they are designed by engineers) and focus on bringing cool, cutting-edge research to the public. Some of the topics are Cardiovascular mechanics, sports science, structural color, biomechanics, bird flight aerodynamics, physics of MRI, etc.

I. Science MaTe
Integrating Science, Math and Technology Reference Curriculum. Children learning to solve problems through science, using hands-on activities that last for a lifetime.

Insectclopedia
Loads of links with lesson ideas for the study of insects.

JASON Expeditions
Commercial Site, but I’m listing it here as many homeschool groups often enjoy doing these activities with their 9-14 year olds. Purchasing the program as a group keeps the cost down per family. Current theme is Operation: Monster Storms.

Kids Gardening Family Resource Center
Weekly updates on family projects for learning botany in your own garden.

LEGO/Logo: Learning Through and About Design
We examine how students using LEGO/Logo can learn important mathematical and scientific ideas through their design activities, while also learning about the design process itself. Mitchel Resnick and Stephen Ocko, Epistemology and Learning Group, MIT Media Laboratory.

Mathematics In You
The human skeleton presents an unusual opportunity to teach mathematical skills and concepts. This paper will show the interactions of the science of Anatomy with methods of teaching mathematics. Students can learn basic skeletal anatomy as well as new concepts in mathematics, grades 5-8.

NASA Educational Products
Each year NASA produces new educational products, which are used by NASA education staff at NASA-sponsored workshops and events.

NASA Image Satellite Program Classroom Activities and Projects
Full-sized, 50+ page PDF documents you can print out and use for studying space or earth from space.

Mom’s Guide to Nature Journaling
Nature journaling, simply put, is drawing and writing about the world around you in whatever way you choose. It is a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors, learn to be more observant of the world around you and slow down a little.

Ocean Oasis
An oasis may be in the desert, the sea, or the middle of a city. It is a place that provides for one’s needs.

Science and Education: What’s it all about?
Essays by faculty and students at Bryn Mawr involved in science education, reflecting on what goes right and what doesn’t. They are meant as a taking off point for a more general discussion of such problems.


Science in the Home School. ERIC Digest
Overview of resources for teaching science in the home. By Mark Lorson.


The Scientific Method
Recognizing that personal and cultural beliefs influence both our perceptions and our interpretations of natural phenomena, we aim through the use of standard procedures and criteria to minimize those influences when developing a theory. As a famous scientist once said, “Smart people (like smart lawyers) can come up with very good explanations for mistaken points of view.” In summary, the scientific method attempts to minimize the influence of bias or prejudice in the experimenter when testing an hypothesis or a theory.

SEA’s K-12 Lesson Plans
The lesson plans are listed by grade level and topic, allowing you to quickly find a lesson plan that will be of use in your classroom. Many of these lesson plans were designed by teachers who have participated in our SEA Experience program.

Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition
Lesson ideas and career explorations, information about science clubs.

StarChild Science
My experiences teaching science to homeschooling children has become the prologue for the next generation of brave homeschooling parents.

Toiletology 101
Sooner or later your kids will need to learn how to fix a toilet. Here’s a lesson plan for this lesson in the physics of toilets.

Top Ten Air Pressure Experiments to Mystify Your Kids Using Stuff From Around the House
An interesting thing happens when you change a pocket of air pressure – things start to move. This difference in pressure that causes movement is what creates winds, tornadoes, airplanes to fly, and some of the experiments we’re about to do right now.

 Unlocking the Secrets to Becoming the Next Einstein
Practical pointers for homeschool families from a real rocket scientist, Aurora Lipper, owner of Supercharged Science.


What’s out there? 
This blog is for folks who have and /or work with children and want them to develop a better understanding of the natural world outside their back door. Each week the blog will give activity suggestions for parents, teachers, or mentors to use with children in the exploration of their local area.

Wolf Discovery Curriculum
Geared toward middle-school aged students, this online book with printable pages in pdf format will guide you through teaching a unit about wolves.

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